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Wood + Vinyl Block

Wood + Vinyl Block

Really quick project idea! I wanted to spruce up our front porch so I took a remnant of a 2×6 plank from my hubby’s wood pile. After I cleaned the wood, I used Minwax Classic Gray to stain the wood. While the wood was drying, […]

Craft Room Tour {part 2}

Craft Room Tour {part 2}

In a previous post, I talked about my craft room at our first house. Let’s look at where I spend my time now. When we first moved into our house, we made the office into the craft room. As I discussed in the Craft Room {part […]

Craft Room Tour {part 1}

Craft Room Tour {part 1}

Today, I’m going to share my craft room that was in our first house. I’m writing this post in hopes that you will glean some insight on how I organized my room and maybe grab some ideas for your space. Here is the back story. My husband noticed that I was accumulating a lot of craft supplies and suggested that we create a space for me to craft. I was thinking oh great idea but where will I put everything? We didn’t have the twins when we were in our first house so we had the space to convert our third bedroom into an office/craft room. Side Note: Now that we are in our new home, I don’t have an additional bedroom to have a full craft room (I will show pictures of my updated space in a future post.).

Back to the story. So we only talked about making a craft room a couple times but never detailed anything out. Little did I know, he had been purchasing craft storage from Michaels. He decided to surprise me by creating a craft room in the extra bedroom.  After he had gotten all the supplies he asked me not to come upstairs. It took him about a week to finish the room.  I had no clue what he was doing upstairs and was very eager to see what was going on.   When I finally came upstairs, my mind was completely blown! Below you find some pictures of my previous craft space. What I loved most about this craft room was the amount of space!

Looking back at old photos tends to bring back a sense of nostalgia.  As I gathered pictures for this post,  I realized how much your life can change after you have kids. Some of these items that were in the previous craft room are now in the playroom, for instance, my glitter holder is now a book holder for the twins books.

Please peruse the gallery both below and grab some ideas of what you may do to your space.

Stayed tuned for a sneak peek into the new craft room.

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Had this logo vinyl made and sized for the wall
Magnetic call to display paper crafts
Knitting supplies and photo storage wall
Paper cubbies
Glitter!
Pom-Pom Balls
Paper punches!
More paper storage

 

DIY: French Provincial Dresser + Side table

DIY: French Provincial Dresser + Side table

I have always been a lover of classic and timeless furniture. I especially love vintage furniture. Mainly because I feel that the older pieces were built with better wood than what we are being sold today. In my first home, I had decor that was […]

Valentine’s Day Ideas!

Valentine’s Day Ideas!

Looking for candy free valentine ideas? Check out my “great eight” candy free options. All of these ideas have printables. Yesness! You’re Exstraw Special It’s Always Autumn I’ve Got My Eyes on You Paper Trail Design  You’re Erase-Sistable What Moms Love  Love is in the Air Eighteen 25  You […]

Candy-Free Valentine Printable

Candy-Free Valentine Printable

I love holidays, especially ones involving sweet treats. Love’s day is approaching and I wanted to provide you with some ideas for your little ones and their friends! While looking for treats to distribute to the twins class, I had a hard time finding options. Since the twins were diagnosed with peanut and other food allergies, I have been uber diligent about reading package labels! Because of this, I wanted to be mindful of any food allergies and when I distributed treats to other kids. Then, I had a bright idea! Candy-free Valentines! I know right, no candy! But it takes the food allergy worry away.

Below you will find a link to my printable.

To create this Valentine you will need:

  • Tape (I used washi)
  • scissors to cut the printables
  • glow sticks
  • pen
  • ❤️

I hope that you enjoy the printable and the time you will spend making them!

Click here for a free printable

With love,

Tenielle

Infant to Toddler Room (part 2)

Infant to Toddler Room (part 2)

In a previous post, (Infant to Toddler Room (part 1) you saw how we transitioned our son’s room. Now let’s talk about our daughter’s (Madison) room. My husband repeated the same process in my daughter’s room. He added wainscot and then he striped the walls. […]

Infant to Toddler Room (part 1)

Infant to Toddler Room (part 1)

When we were deciding on the decor for the twins rooms, all I did was pick colors. I know you are thinking, wait, what? Yes! I want to point out the fact that I was not yet sold on decor. We did pick themes but […]


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Ten Tips for POTS {parents of twins}

Ten Tips for POTS {parents of twins}

The day is finally here when you make your appointment to confirm your pregnancy. Depending on your particular situation, you either have another follow up visit because your HCG levels are a bit higher than a normal singleton pregnancy or you simply have a normal visit and you learn you are not having one baby but TWO. Imagine the surprise when you digest the fact that you will be planning to have almost two of everything.

Guess what? You are not alone in your journey. My hubby and I have not been on the journey long, but have learned so much in the past nine months. While this is a very exciting time, it can also be a little overwhelming, particularly if this is your first pregnancy. I have a few tips that I hope will help during the preparation process.

Before I my tips, I must share the first items we purchased for sweet babies. As soon as we heard we were having boy/girl twins we were stoked (how much better does it get) and went got them these cute items.

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Ten Tips

Go easy on yourself. We can sometimes put so much undue pressure on ourselves during pregnancy and some of this pressure is not helpful for mom or baby. Even after the pregnancy, some of our expectations (vaginal birth, breast feeding) may not happen as we anticipate. Do not beat yourself up. Breathe, relax and remember the bigger picture is a happy, healthy baby.

Remember to communicate with your significant other. In the hustle of preparing bottles, cleaning, changing diapers and the like, effective communication can go out of the window. Let’s not even mention “mommy brain” that sneaks upon you. You mentally think you have clearly articulated when you come to find that you only had that convo in your brain, with yourself. In short, don’t forget to engage in regular conversation with your mate.

Make time every day to spend quality time with both babies. I realize that you can easily lose track of time, especially in the beginning. However, I encourage you to build relationships with your babies either during feeding times or in between nap times if one wakes before the other. Not sure how you feel about creating a schedule, but it proved beneficial for me and helped me be able to carve out individual time for each of my sweet babies.

Ask for help and accept the help. I typically do not ask for help (I’m certain my hubby would disagree) but I definitely heeded this piece of advice especially in the beginning. If you need an extra hand, please do not hesitate to ask. When close family and or friends offer to assist, happily accept. If it is nothing more than someone sitting with you and helping to change diapers or to rock a baby to sleep. Trust when I tell you that it is definitely worth the ask (it’s the small things that bring you joy).

Experiment with your techniques. Even if you have identical twins, your bundles of joy will still have different personalities and preferences. This is particularly true if you are breastfeeding. My preference was to feed at the same time and I would use the football hold. However, if I was feeding individually, one baby would prefer cradle position while the other enjoyed football hold. Our daughter in the beginning had tummy woes and as such we had our fair share of trial and error methods of soothing her. Jump right in full feet ahead and do not be afraid to use variation with your techniques.

Seek other parents of multiples. Fortunately, we have several twin mommies in our proximity. There are two twin mommies who actually live in our neighborhood.  We have learned so much from both parents and their experiences are quite insightful. They also helped to connect us to other resources or local groups that focused on parents with multiples. See below for resources.

Read as much as you can. I realize that there is so much information on the Web and books about parenting twins or multiples. What I found helpful were forums or sites where parents discussed different tactics they used. Of course all of the information I read was not relevant or applicable, but I was able to glean from the literature and employ some of the tactics.

Temper unsolicited advice. Everyone will have some words of wisdom for you, what to do/not to do, products to use etc. While much of what is stated may be of help, it may not be applicable for your situation. Having a singleton is very different from having twins. Even if you had a singleton pregnancy before your twin pregnancy, you will find that your experiences may be slightly different. I recall so many people telling me how rough the late nights/early mornings were for their babies. We did not experience this at all. In fact, our babies have slept through the night since they were two weeks of age. The most helpful pieces of advice I received actually came from parents of multiples (they have already been through the process) and even some of there suggestions did not apply. With that being stated, smile, nod and be appreciative of the helpful suggestions but know that one-size doesn’t fit all.

Embrace their “Twindividuality”. I love that fact that I have two completely different babies. Many people have told me that they don’t even look like twins. One baby is completely cool, calm and collected while the other is a very busy beaver. Instead of trying to compare their developmental milestones, I simply celebrate that they are two different babies with two unique personalities and abilities. Resist the urge to compare/contrast these items and know that your babies may develop and grow at different intervals.

Capture the moment. Keep your cameras handy. Your twins will captivate your mind by their interactions with each other and with others. There is never a dull moment with twins and you would not want to miss the opportunity to capture a special memory. Some memories can’t be caught on camera and so we etch them into our brains for future “I remember when” stories. Enjoy the time you have with them because in a blink of an eye they will be grown and gone.

Resources

http://www.nomotc.org

http://twiniversity.com

http://www.circleofmoms.com/top25/multiples

http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/parenting_multiples.html